1947, with Key System train
courtesy Chris Treadway

Forest Apartments is an apartment building with ground-level retail at the corner of 40th Street and Telegraph.

Construction began in 1922, and the building was complete in 1923. It was built for George E. Hoffschneider and his wife, by contractor/builder Charles C. Williams. Businesses thanked in the full-page advertorial included H. Dombrink GlassGreat Western Power Company and Maxwell Hardware1

The initial commercial tenants included Dr. E. W. Nathan, The Faultless, Key Barber Shop, Key Realty Company, The Klassic, Louisette Millinery, Pure Food Delicatessen and Lunch Room, Dr. I. Alexander, Forest Beauty Shop, and Key Shoe Store.

Other commercial tenants over the years have included Khyber Pass (Afgani food) in the 1970s, Ruthie's Cafe c.2009-2011, and may have included an Uhuru Bakery. In January, 2017, the only commercial tenant appears to be a Boost Mobile store. There's a sign for Cafe Maricela on the 40th Street side. [ Is that open? ]

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Links and References

  1. The Forest Apartments Oakland Tribune March 23, 1923